PurpleBasil : Your answers to home delivery woes
Bangalore is currently overloaded with home delivery options, whether it is the delivery apps or smaller startups promising gourmet food home delivered. They are mushrooming faster than we can count and inspite of that on a day when you actually want to order in food and look at the menus everything leaves you underwhelmed. There is either nothing interesting or you have eaten the same thing too many times to care. There are a few which do shine though and one of them for me is the all new player in market PurpleBasil.
PurpleBasil is a team of four food lovers who jumped into the business of food after they went on a healthy eating regime and realised that there is nothing available in the market for days they wanted to order in. On days when they were too tired to cook yet didn't want to eat that standard dal roti in the name of healthy food. I think somewhere we are all familiar with those days too well. Four of them started experimenting with this idea somewhere in Feb 2015 and after an extensive research, many pilot runs are now ready to launch. The base of their food is food that takes care of your junk cravings and yet is healthy and balanced, their target is to provide international style gourmet three course meals at home with using local ingredients as much as possible and it is reflective in a lot of their menu items like Barley Risotto, Jackfruit pulled burger, Vermicilli Biryani etc.
The food comes as a chef cooked set three course meal - a drink, a salad and a main dish. They believe that the flavours have been designed and balanced to taste best together and hence they are not sold separately. A three course meal is priced at Rs 240 and I think honestly that is a great price.
Another thing that makes them stand apart from is their commitment towards 100% eco friendly packaging. As you can see there is no plastic used at all in the delivery (apart from a little tape that I don't think can be avoided ;) ). The food comes in bamboo plates and bowls and the drink in a cute mud glass. It made me a very happy girl that because one of my biggest crib with home delivery whether it is grocery or food is the amount of plastic that gets used in each delivery
Last weeks the folks sent me their food to try, the delivery was prompt and well handled. I was wondering when I was told about the eco friendly packing if the food would be fresh or would it not leak and arrive in good condition? But it was all baseless as I discovered. Apart from a small dressing leak the food reached me intact, fresh and still warm and that's a lot of ticks.
We tried two meals that day - The BBQ pulled chicken burger meal and The Piripiri Buritto meal
The burger came with a red pepper and apple mint cooler and a radish and carrot ribbon salad with chilli-lime dressing. I loved every bit of the burger, the bun was fresh & nice, majorly whole wheat with a little maida I believe, the chicken juicy with brilliant flavour. The salad provided the crunch that the dish needed and it worked very well for both me and N. I did not care much for the beverage though, for me it lacked the punch and flavour.
After eating the burger first in my mind was like thinking the piripiri buritto meal will hardly be exciting - for one it was a buritto vs a burger, two it was paneer vs chicken. Not that chicken fares very well but still :) But it surprised me again. Packed with a flavour punch, red rice it was fantastic. Between us we wiped every morsel of food that day.
They also send me a small tasting sample of their Risotto meal since I had been wanting to taste it from the day I set my eyes on it. Barley risotto with pesto, served with grilled tofu it was delightful in every bite. Infact my favorite of the day I think
The only thing that I missed that day was a dessert, I know one doesn't order them on a regular basis but there are days (specially the current rainy days) when one does want something sweet after a good meal. May be a choice between a beverage and dessert for a three course meal would be better though I do understand it will make their life tougher logistically or may be we should all forget about dessert and eat healthy :)
They have a daily menu that gets announced on their Facebook page and via whatsapp on 7899806600. Chef Ventakesh who is the man who whips up these delicious meals does know his flavours well. The website PurpleBasil (and an app) is coming up soon to make your ordering experience even easier and better but till then if you try them out I assure it is every bit worth it specially at a price point of Rs 240/- per meal. They even have discounted packages for a set number of meals. Go guys don't wait anymore
Disclaimer: This post is brought in association with PurpleBasil but views and thoughts are mine